Faith and joy are links in a golden chain that binds us to Jesus. Because we believe, we have joy. Because we have joy, we believe. Peter tells us that our belief is rewarded with “an inexpressible and glorious joy.” That means we have a joy that cannot be described with mere human words. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t express it. It is evident in our words and attitudes, and especially in our interactions with others. It is joy spoken without words. But it gets even better . . .
Peter also describes it as a “glorious joy.” The Greek word for glory is doxa, and it describes the awesome light that radiates from God’s presence. The word joy comes from the root word chara which speaks of greeting someone with delight. Now, go with me to one of the Messianic verses from the Old Testament: Isaiah 9:2 “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Jesus is “the true light that gives light to every man” (John 1:9). His is a light that darkness cannot overcome (v. 5). Oh, this is so incredible! Because of the faith we have in Jesus, we now bring the light—the glorious light—of Christ into this dark world! We greet the world with joy and shine the light of the glory of the Son of God that cannot be overcome! You and I are ambassadors of light and joy!
And all we have to do is believe.